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Our Four Core Classes

Visiting Podcast Teachers

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Our classes -- each four weeks long --  fit well into busy and evolving lives, whether you're balancing work, family, writing and other arts, community and other service and practices. Here's what you get in each class:

 

  • Weekly Zoom sessions on Sunday evenings (5 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. MT/ 7 p.m. CT/ 8 p.m. ET). 

  • Accessible and artful online site with guiding essays,and best resources.

  • Weekly podcast just for you, often featuring expert guest teachers.

  • Reflections and practices for the care and feeding of the facilitator.

  • Discussion forum to help you coalesce what you're learning.

  • Art of Facilitation Resource Hub with lots of carefully-curated best-of-the-best resources.

 

Certificate Program

Get a comprehensive training in the art of facilitation by taking all four classes and earn a certification of completion. Each class is both stand-alone, yet all the classes together build on each other, deepening your facilitation education, experience, confidence, and wisdom.

Registration

 

You may click on the button to register for any class or contact us about sending a check. You may also pay via Venmo (Caryn-Goldberg-2), but if so, please email us to tell us which class you're registering for, plus your name. At the bottom of this page, there is also an option for register for all four classes. Thank you.

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Each class features visiting podcast teachers -- visionary facilitators in the arts, nonprofits, business, and beyond -- who share their wisdom, insight, advice, and tips in special pre-recorded interviews just for you. Here is who we have lined up from top left.

Seema Reza is a writer, and the CEO of Community Building Art Works, an arts organization that encourages the use of the arts as a tool for narration, self-care and socialization among a military population struggling with emotional and physical injuries. How to Design Transformative Workshops & Meetings

Jerry Jost is the director of the Kansas Land Trust, a mediator for Kansas Agricultural Mediation, and has facilitated strategic planning, decision making, and working through disputes. Workshops & Meetings That Change You & the World

Dr. Marianela Medrano is a Dominican writer, psychotherapist, and poetry therapist with decades of experience facilitating workshops on literature as healing tool and mindfulness. How to Design Transformative Workshops & Meetings

Vi Tran is the founder of The Buffalo Room performance event space, an award-winning performer, and curator and events manager for the National Association of Asian-American Professionals in Kansas City. Welcoming & Inclusive Workshops & Meetings

Bea Briggs is the founder and director of the International Institute for Facilitation and Change, a consulting firm based in Mexico. A Certified™ Professional Facilitator, she puts her years of experience at the service of leaders who want to make their meetings worth the time, talent and money invested in them. Workshops & Meetings That Change You & the World

Caleb Winebrenner is a storyteller, mapmaker, facilitator, and educator who great up deeply immersed in the art of hospitality through his family's bed and breakfast. Welcoming & Inclusive Workshops & Meetings

Vanita Leatherwood is director of engagement at HopeWorks and a writer with over 30 years of experience facilitating wellness and community education programming using Transformative Language Arts. Workshops & Meetings That Change You & the World

Sydney Fowler writes speculative fiction and poetry and they are an instructor at Lighthouse Writers Workshop. They have been a sensitivity reader since 2015. More information about them can be found at sensitivityreader.com

Suzi Q. Smith is an award-winning artist, educator, and organizer who has created, coached, ane taught in Denver for over 20 years, including managing a large poetry festival and performing around the country. Transforming Conflict & Challenges in Workshops & Meetings

Ken Lassman is an ecological writer, occupational therapist, and disabilities activist who had led facilitation training for nonprofits and cooperative businesses. He brings over 20 years' experience supervising a collaborative workplace team to his understanding of better meetings and teamwork. Transforming Conflict & Challenges in Workshops & Meetings

 
 

Join Our Art of Facilitation Certification Program

Take all four classes and earn the Art of Facilitation Certificate while also saving substantially on class fees. You can register for all four classes at once for $1,050 and save $110. If you wish to pay by check, please contact us; you can also pay by Venmo (Caryn-Goldberg-2, and please email us your contact information). Because of the nature and format of the classes, you can fit them into your life in balance with work, family, community, art, and other obligations. See dates and details below starting September 11, 2022 and ending February, 2023.

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Or Take One, Two, or More Classes

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Welcoming & Inclusive
Workshops & Meetings

Sept. 11 - Oct. 15, 2022

Zoom Sessions Sept. 11 & 18, Oct. 2 & 9

5 pm PT/ 6 pm MT/ 7 pm CT/ 8 pm ET

Learn how to make your workshops, meetings, and retreats more welcoming, inclusive, and hospitable so that the work people do together can be more meaningful and effective. We'll share basics and best practices for setting the stage to bring people together to fulfill the purpose of the session and make community along the way. Guest podcast teachers: Vi Tran and Caleb Winebrenner. $290 early bird rate until Sept. 1 (regular rate: $320)

Week One: Community as an Act of Joy

Week Two: Calling the Hospitable Circle

Week Three: Fostering Inclusion

Week Four: Compassion in Action

How to Design Transformative Workshops & Meetings

Oct. 16 - Nov. 12, 2022

Zoom Sessions Oct 16, 23 & 30, Nov. 6
5 pm PT 6 pm MT/ 7 pm CT/ 8 pm ET

Structuring effective meetings and groups requires thoughtful preparation and implementation. Learn how to initially assess your audience, create ground rules, open and close sessions, and pace the session. Develop your proposed content or agenda while building your confidence to redesign on the hoof. These very practical skills can help build a strong foundation for the benefit of your participants. Guest podcast teachers: Seema Reza and Marianela Medrano. $290 early bird rate until Nov. 1 (regular rate: $320). More information here.  

 

Week One: Your People & Ground Rules

Week Two: Openings, Closings & Pacing

Week Three: Crafting Your Content for the Group

Week Four: Learning & Redesigning As You Go

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Nov. 13 - Dec. 10 2022

Zoom Sessions Nov. 13, 20, 27 & Dec. 4
5 pm PT/ 6 pm MT/ 7 pm CT / 8 pm ET

 

Transforming Conflict & Challenges in Workshops & Meetings

Whether we're beginners or veterans at facilitating workshops or meetings, it's a given we will occasionally run into elephants in the room (big issues hidden in plain sight) and tiger-like conflicts. We'll also encounter challenging individuals and groups. Explore best practices for holding boundaries and engaging productively with conflict. We'll also look at practical strategies on dealing with a variety of challenging people and situations. Guest podcast teacher: Suzi Q. Smith, Callid Keefe-Perry, and Ken Lassman. $290 early bird rate until Jan. 1 (regular rate: $320). More information here.

 

Week One: Holding Boundaries, Minding Roles

Week Two: Engaging Conflict

Week Three: Challenging Personalities & Situations

Week Four: Learning from Conflict & Challenges

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Workshops & Meetings That
Change You & the World

Meetings, workshops, retreats and collaborations can be the birthplace of positive change for individuals and communities. Learn how to guide participants in identifying the change they seek and finding their best paths, individually and collectively, in putting such changes into action. We'll also explore the role of the facilitator in modeling transformative work. Guest podcast teachers: Bea Briggs, Jerry Jost, and Vanita Leatherwood. $290 early bird rate until Oct 1 (regular rate: $320). More information here.

Week One: What is the Change We Seek?

Week Two: Listening and Witnessing

Week Three: Facilitating Greater Freedom

Week Four: Enduring Transformations

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Jan. 8 - Feb. 4, 2023

Zoom Sessions Jan. 8, 15, 22 & 29
5 pm PT/ 6 pm MT/ 7 pm CT/ 8 pm ET

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